The 2021 Stuff the Bus school supplies drive is in full swing as the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) and San Diego County Credit Union (SDCCU) are working together for the seventh straight year to help the region’s 20,000+ students who are experiencing homelessness. Nearly $70,000 has been raised so far in the campaign with a goal of raising $100,000. Donations are being accepted through Aug. 31.
SDCOE and SDCCU – along with iHeartMedia and Ralphs and Food 4 Less grocery stories – have been working to collect thousands of dollars in online and in-store donations to purchase much-needed pencils, pens, binders, crayons, backpacks, and more. A portion of donations will also assist San Diego Youth Services in providing meals for homeless youth through its various food programs.
This year’s Stuff the Bus campaign is collecting monetary donations online and in person at any Ralphs or Food 4 Less grocery store in the county. Donations are welcome in any amount. Just $25 will cover the cost of a backpack and supplies for a middle or high school student.
“This year, in particular, our students are going to have a lot of needs for tangible items like supplies, but also for relational supports to help adjust to being back to school and handling the social and emotional challenges resulting from the pandemic,” said Susie Terry, coordinator for SDCOE’s Foster Youth and Homeless Education Services. “Gathering supplies through the Stuff the Bus campaign is just one of the ways we can help districts, students, and families during this time so they have one less thing to worry about as the new school year approaches. We are grateful to SDCCU for their continued partnership in this effort.”